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May 10, 2012

CompTIA, North Carolina Technology Association Team Up to Support STEM Education in North Carolina

Donation to NC First Part of National CompTIA Initiative

Downers Grove, Ill., May 10, 2012 – Today, CompTIA, through its TechVoice partnership with the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) and other state-based technology associations around the country, made a $5,000 grant to support education in STEM fields in North Carolina.

The grant is one in a series of grants CompTIA is making on behalf of its TechVoice partners to support community-based efforts to promote IT and IT workforce development, education and training.

“The advancement of STEM education is critical to building our nation’s future technology workforce,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “Students who are better educated in these areas can become more effective and innovative employees in technology companies and in IT jobs supporting companies in almost every sector of the economy.  Through our Creating IT Futures Foundation and partnerships such as TechVoice, CompTIA is contributing to local STEM education – and workforce readiness – in North Carolina and other states across the country.”
On behalf of NCTA, CompTIA will donate to NC FIRST, the North Carolina chapter of US FIRST, a nonprofit organization that engages teams of students in the process of technological innovation through the use of robotics.

As part of a FIRST team, kids apply math and science knowledge, solve problems, make decisions, communicate complex ideas, collaborate as part of a team, exercise leadership, manage resources, and create and execute business plans – all essential skills in any successful technological enterprise. Students who participate in NC FIRST are more likely to attend college, major in science and engineering, participate in internships and co-ops and get involved in community service.

“Improving local STEM education and engagement is an important part of the North Carolina Technology Association’s mission to educate, promote, influence and unite North Carolina’s growing technology community,” said Brooks Raiford, president and chief executive officer, NCTA. “Engaging technology leaders like CompTIA to help promote STEM education is one way that we are supporting the development of a technology workforce for our local technology community.”

CompTIA’s grant to NC FIRST is part of CompTIA’s policy to support the creation of jobs in the technology industry. Its Creating IT Futures Foundation provides training and certification opportunities to people who have historically been under-represented in the IT workforce, including individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth, women and military personnel and their spouses.

“We are honored to receive this grant from CompTIA and are pleased that other members of the technology community are joining in the march to make STEM education a priority with our schools, legislators, parents and, most importantly, our students,” said Marie E. Hopper, regional director for NC FIRST. “Technology is the future for our world, but we need an educated workforce to keep our state, and nation, at the forefront of innovation.”

“Overall, we hope to further the growth and development of the IT industry through the creation and support of programs that increase the size and improve the quality of our technology workforce,” said Thibodeaux.

About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA at www.facebook.com/CompTIA and twitter.com/comptia.

About NCTA
The North Carolina Technology Association’s mission is “Making North Carolina #1 in Technology and Technology #1 in North Carolina.” The organization does this through three main focus areas: executive engagement, public affairs, and knowledge workforce. For more information, visit our website at www.nctechnology.org.

About TechVoice
TechVoice (www.techvoice.org) is a partnership of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and participating regional technology associations. Collectively, we represent thousands of technology companies across the country employing millions of workers. We are dedicated to empowering and mobilizing the grassroots tech community to impact legislative and regulatory issues important to growth, innovation and job creation.

Audrey Chang      
The Harbour Group      

Steven Ostrowski